House Hunting

I am looking for a house right now. How does one deal with that kind of investment and commitment. Surely after the first time it is easier, I mean, this guy has three right now. I am really tired of living in an apartment and can't justify renting a house for the same price that a monthly mortgage payment would cost me.

The other problem I am seeing is that the price of housing in Midland is really high compared to a year or two ago, as far as I can tell almost double.

Does the pressure of spending that much money lessen after the purchase is made?